China to have bigger footprint than Russia — CIA director

The Director the CIA Mike Pompeo has said he expects attempted Russian interference in this year's USA mid-term elections.

Officials are unsure whether the disastrous intelligence failure was due to a mole or a data hack. "We see it in our hospitals and medicals systems", he claimed.

He also warns china's influence already reaches into a wide variety of American institutions, saying, "The Chinese are very active and we welcome them".

Asked if he had to walk a "fine line" given the President's dismissal of investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election as "fake news", Pompeo said "I don't do fine lines". In addition, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate hearing that the hacking was one part of a coordinated effort that "also entailed classical propaganda, disinformation, and fake news".

The US spy chief told the BBC countries could collectively do more to combat Chinese efforts to exert power over the West.

The CIA chief who is a former hard-line Republican congressman also cited efforts by the Chinese to steal United States commercial information and infiltration of schools and hospitals - and this extended to Europe and the UK. Mike Pompeo added that the Chinese have also used ways of espionage in order to influence the American companies entering the Chinese market. "We have to do better at pushing back against Chinese efforts to covertly influence the world". "The Russians have been at this for a long time, and I fully expect they'll continue to be at it".

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Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala posted a picture of Rahul in the crowd with the tweet: "Modi government's cheap politicking exposed before the world".

Speaking on Iranian influence on the Syrian conflict Pompeo said the United States is going to push back the Iranians from every place in every way they can. "He is curious in the sense he wants to understand why we believe them".

Mike Pompeo at AEI (Image courtesy of American Enterprise Institute)One way he's been able to achieve this goal is by encouraging decisions be made by the experts.

Pompeo also expressed concern that North Korea would have the capability to strike the USA with nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles "in a handful of months".

It says anti-Russian hysteria is sweeping through the United States and Europe.

"We talk about him having the ability to deliver a nuclear weapon to the U.S. in a matter of a handful of months".

  • Megan Austin